On Wednesday 27th June 2018 there was a crash on the A9 just north of the Cromarty Bridge. The road was closed for about 6 hours in all directions. There was a back road available but someone ended up crashing into a ditch and made that road get closed too. All buses were stopped so everyone had to get a train home or deal with waiting in this queue that was going back for what seemed like miles. For me it was just a normal Wednesday as I hadn't heard about the crash till my mother texted me when I was about to get onto the train saying she was stuck in traffic. I ended up managing to get into the train that had about 50 people standing in each coach because all the seats were used up. All the corridors of the carriages were filled with people too.
So I managed to squeeze into a corner at the train doors. Some people were actually turned away because of the number of people on the train. The trip to Beauly, that usually feels like it takes five minutes, felt like hours. I couldn't move due to being surrounded by people. That day was one of the hottest of the year hitting 30.9°C outside. With that many people in the train it felt like it was about 35-40°C. I was next to a nice guy who was just out of the pub, and he was going to the same place I was - Invergordon. He had brought up an article to do with the crash, on his phone, and explained to other people on the train what was happening. At every stop we had to get out to let people actually be able to get off the train. As I said before, my mum was stuck on the bridge with no food or water. She was waiting for about three hours so she didn't get the full waiting time but this was all happening on her birthday!
This was definitely an experience I don't want to experience again!